Everyone seems to like the aged look of cherry, but perhaps you don't -- or
perhaps you haven't seen it. I have been thinking about building a cherry
piece, and have had the following thoughts (none of which are necessarily
true -- any knowlegable comments appreciated).
One thing is that staining cherry should bring out the grain pattern more
than not staining. Also, if you like the aged cherry look, but not the
fresh, you might "accelerate" the aging. I've read that someone has had
success using a lye wash. Lastly, perhaps you want a subtle change of the
final color of cherry -- e.g., perhaps more or less red, or perhaps just
darker overall. A light stain could be used to alter it, though it might be
tough to do it so it turns out the way you want after it has aged unless you
previously accelerated the aging.
My sister's cherry cabinets (which receive no direct sunlight) are brown
with not much red now after about 5 years. If that was typical, I would
stain my cherry project with a some red.